I can tell that things have slowed down a bit for us this week, since I don’t have many action-filled pictures, but it has been a good week at home. Slowly I am regaining strength and each week I am seeing progress. At times I feel exhausted, but Mazy has been good for me. She keeps me moving and I think because of her, I am getting that strength back! Though I have to remind myself to slow down and be still. I am only 8 weeks out from my second surgery, and I don’t want to land back there anytime soon. I will be going to cardiac rehab next week, with my orientation this week. I am eager to start and to see what it is all about, since I know absolutely nothing about it. Another chapter in my life, in this crazy heart journey. I never imagined landing at a cardiac rehab center at 34, but God knew all along. He’s got a purpose in this too. And I am ready to start gaining strength and endurance, so I can continue on this path of recovery.
If you saw me, you would guess nothing was/is wrong. I do not look any different, except maybe move a bit slower. That’s about it. I am not able to carry Mazy for more than about 30 seconds or so, due to the pressure it puts on my sternum and ribs, but she completely understands. She can show exactly where I hurt because she asks me often. She has been through so much and we are so thankful for how far SHE has come. Really, it was a traumatic experience for her too – her mommy and daddy were gone for a long period of time and mommy came home, twice, not being able to be “mommy” to her. We had people in and out of our home for over 4 weeks and now we are getting back to normal. I can tell.
Mazy has wanted to start potty training and so far, so good! Two accidents the first day, but we have not looked back since. We will see how this week goes! In fact, Saturday night, she stayed dry until Sunday morning. I knew nighttime was a different ballgame, but maybe not to her. Maybe the days of changing a diaper are in the past, but we will see. I am proud of her regardless, and thanks to M&Ms, it is making the transition a whole lot easier!
Anyways, here is our week in pictures:
I had to pick a few things up from Meijer this week and was not quite ready to take Mazy on my own, so we made it a family night, Monday night. Dan saw a snow globe, which was something he was always fascinated with as a child, so Mazy surely needed one too. Thank you after-Christmas sales! She LOVES watching it and to see her eyes as she does…so magical in a way!
Can you tell she enjoys her snow globe?
I needed to pick a few things up from Hobby Lobby, so Dan took Mazy to Lost City’s arcade (a laser tag place), and they both were well entertained while mommy walked around one of her favorite stores!
It snowed so much this week! This is the path from our driveway to our yard, lit up with our blue Christmas tree lights. Unfortunately it has been quite cold this week, so playing outside for long periods of time wasn’t always an option, but Mazy sure loved it too!
Isn’t this just beautiful? This is looking down our sidewalk at night.
Mazy does not shed a lot of tears, but when she does, it’s usually over having to leave her cousins. We are so grateful that 5 of them live just a short 12 minutes drive down the road! Here they are, taking over Grandma’s kitchen, reading books together.
Mazy received a tent for Christmas, which we knew she would love, so I even managed to squeeze in there too…just as long as you didn’t watch me trying to get out!
I could stare at this gorgeous face all day! Taken right before bedtime…can you tell?